Thursday, 28 February 2013

Comets L4 PANSTARRS and F6 LEMMON in the twilight sky

Tonight I took a trip to my local park with a good west horizon and shot some photo's of both Comet C/2012 F6 LEMMON and C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS.

It was a beautiful 25 degree C evening with gentle breeze and blue skies. The twilight colours were very nice.

You can see below a photograph showing the position of both the comets LEMMON and PANSTARRS in the evening sky on this 28th February 2013. While both comets are captured in the photograph it's impossible to visually see them in this small 1200px wide copy because they are quite small, but the crosses show the locations of the comets and sets the scene:

Wide field photograph showing the positions of Comet C/2012 F6 LEMMON and C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS as viewed from Perth, Western Australia.
To be honest the comets are not particularly large or bright for the causal novice observer to currently find. You need a pair of binoculars and a program or star chart to give you a good idea of where to look. Once you scan over the comets with your binoculars they are reasonably obvious, but don't expect to find them naked eye or easily with no binocular experience.

This is comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS:
Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS in evening twilight by Roger Groom. Taken with a 400mm lens.

To be honest the much prettier of the two comets is C/2012 F6 LEMMON:
Comet C/2012 F6 LEMMON in moonlight by Roger Groom. Taken with a 400mm lens.
I hope you enjoyed these pictures.

Edit: Check out the photo's from the next night, 2nd March in my new blog post

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Occultation of Juptier Video

Last night I spent some time putting a little video together of my footage from the Occultation of Jupiter by The Moon. Earlier today I posted the video on Vimeo, Facebook and Ice In Space to rave reviews, so here it is on my blog. Enjoy!

The video is a combination of processed still images and raw video from the night of 18th February when The Moon occulted Jupiter. Make sure you have your sound turned on, as the music adds to the experience.

Jupiter and Moon Occultation 18th Feb 2013 from Roger Groom on Vimeo.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Moon and Jupiter Occultation - what an awesome view!

Wow, what a view! Seeing The Moon pass in front of Jupiter was just spectacular - I had forgotten how fun it is to watch, especially through the binoculars (which I have to admit was my wife's suggestion - I was busy staring at the computer screen recording photographs...).

Here's a photo just prior to the occultation, when The Moon was approaching Jupiter:
The Moon, Jupiter and Jupiter's Moons all just moments before The Moon passed in front of Jupiter. Click to zoom in and see the moons of Jupiter! [Edit: Updated 6:30am AWST with larger file]

The Moon then moved in front of Jupiter:
Jupiter being Occulted by the Moon. Click to see larger.

The Moon travelled past Jupiter for about an hour before Jupiter re-appeared on the bright side of the moon:

Jupiter re-appearing on the bright side of the moon after being occulted on 18th February 2013. Click to see larger.
Also see a video of The Moon and Jupiter occultation at my next blog post.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A great evening at Astrofest 2013!

Wow, what a busy evening it was last night! Astrofest 2013 at Curtin Stadium really was quite a big event. Thousands of people, great talks and shows by Scitech, lots of viewing through the telescopes on the field, and so many people wandering the stores and stands inside!

Thank you to everyone who dropped by my store and said hi! I had a great time talking to people all night long about astrophotography and astronomy. Lots of questions about how to get started with astrophotography and lots of questions about the individual photo's.

Astro Photography Australia stall at Astrofest 2013 Curtin Stadium ready for the crowds to enter .

Some of the prints and canvas on display at the  Astro Photography Australia stall at Astrofest 2013, Perth Western Australia.

Roger Groom (owner of Astro Photography Australia) talking to visitors about the astrophotography prints.
It was a case of almost being standing room only at the excellent talks and Scitech presentations at Astrofest 2013.

The busy stall area of the Astrofest 2013. Visitors wondering amongst the 13 exhibitors.